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Proposal for Numbered Headings

From: Clint Laskowski <clint@robotic.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2004 10:02:01 -0500
Message-ID: <00d101c4636a$317438c0$dc84af0a@lap1>
To: <www-talk@w3.org>

Hello, I'm new to this list and apologize if this is the wrong place to make
the following proposal. I subscribed soley for the sake of making this
proposal, so if I'm at the wrong list, please let me know.

PROPOSAL

I'd like to see some facility in HTML for rendering numbered headings. As
such, I propose the "Nx" tag, where x is the heading level. Default
rendering would be in a numeric style, but other styles could be optional.

Consider the following pseduo-code:

/* start */

<html>
<head><title></title></head>
<body>
<n1>Report Title</n1>
<n2>Contents</n2>
<n3>Introduciton</n3>
<n4>In the Beginning...</n4>
<p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer ...</p>
<p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer ...</p>
<n4>Next Steps...</n4>
<p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer ...</p>
<n3>Conclusion</n3>
<p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer ...</p>
<p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer ...</p>
</body
</html>

/* end */

This would pseduo-render as follows:

/* start */

1. Report Title

1.1 Contents

1.1.1 Introduction

1.1.1.1 In the Beginning...
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer ...
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer ...

1.1.1.2 Next Steps...
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer ...

1.1.2 Conclusion
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer ...
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer ...

/* end */

Ideally, styles could be applied to Nx tags so headings could be different
colors, fonts, bold, etc.

MY QUESTIONS: How do I find out if a proposal like this is already being
(has been) considered? If not, how do I find out if there is interest? If
so, how do I proceed with my proposal? And, since it is unlikely such a
proposal would be adopted and implemented in any popular browser any time
soon (in a human lifetime), might anyone have pointers to work-arounds for a
similary capability (numbered headings)?

Any help will be appreciated.

-- Clint Laskowski, President
-- Robotic Systems, Inc.
-- clint@robotic.com
Received on Wednesday, 7 July 2004 14:50:32 GMT

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